De Tao or the Way
The Tao is depicted as a symbol seen above, resembling the ladder to the heavens.
Since I found the little book of Lao Tse when I was 16 years old, all my life I have been following the path of the unfolding of all life’s events naturally.
This has led to a natural state of being, with an open mind in which all things can manifest with no force or pressure.
This installation makes the playful first steps towards the Tao internalize.
If you step in and are curious enough, so not afraid, you will find a pleasurable treat, hidden away.
The Tao was shared with Confucianism, Chán and Zen Buddhism and more broadly throughout East Asian philosophy and religion in general. In Taoism, Chinese Buddhism and Confucianism, the object of spiritual practice is to ‘become one with the Tao’ (Tao Te Ching) or to harmonize one’s will with Nature (cf. Stoicism) in order to achieve ‘effortless action’ (Wu wei). This involves meditative and moral practices. Important in this respect is the Taoist concept of De (德; virtue).